Constance O. Okeke, M.D.

Dr. Constance O. OkekeBoard Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship Trained in Glaucoma
Specializing in Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery                                      
Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Dr. Okeke joined Virginia Eye Consultants in July, 2009. Prior to that, she practiced ophthalmology as a glaucoma specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia for four years. While at UPenn, she obtained a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology and headed the glaucoma division’s clinical research efforts. In addition to clinical and surgical management of complex glaucoma, Dr. Okeke was involved with numerous multi-center clinical trials and in teaching glaucoma fellows, residents and UPenn medical students. She was also the Director of the community outreach efforts for screening for glaucoma and other common eye diseases in the community of west Philadelphia.

Dr. Okeke went to both undergraduate and medical school at the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she won several awards for her academic achievements and research efforts. She then moved on to Baltimore, MD where she performed her residency in ophthalmology at the world-famous Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ranked at that time the number 1 ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. There she was trained by legendary pioneers in glaucoma diagnosis, management, surgery and research, Drs. Harry Quigley, David Friedman, and Henry Jampel.

Dr. Okeke pursued subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the premier University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which was also ranked the number one ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. There, as a highly coveted Heed Research Fellow, she was trained by distinguished leaders in all facets of glaucoma, Drs. Douglas Anderson, Richard Parrish, Paul Palmberg, and Donald Budenz. Her areas of subspecialty training included complex glaucoma diagnosis and management, laser treatments for glaucoma, glaucoma surgery, including: trabeculectomy, tube shunt, trabeculotomy, surgical revision and cataract surgery.

Dr. Okeke has extensive experience in clinical research. She has designed and implemented numerous clinical trials, as well as published extensively in the professional literature on the subject of glaucoma. She also serves as a reviewer for many professional journals. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Glaucoma Society and the Association for Research Vision and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Okeke has single handedly pioneered minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, or MIGS, in the Hampton Roads area. She was the first to perform Trabectome in 2009 and the first in the country to combine this advanced technology in glaucoma along with femtosecond laser, the cutting edge technology in cataract surgery allowing the surgery to be performed bladeless with even finer precision. She was also the first in the area to implant the iStent in 2013, another MIGS procedure gaining high popularity throughout the country. She was asked to be one of 30 clinical research investigators in the country to evaluate the next generation of iStent, already in large usage in European countries. She has given lectures, performed research, been published and is known internationally for her expert work in the MIGS area.

As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Okeke has for years been educating her patients and community on how to fight against glaucoma blindness by: 1) promoting early detection through screening, 2) furthering understanding of the disease through good doctor-patient communication and 3) stressing the importance of continued patient follow-up to monitor for progression. Dr. Okeke strives to increase awareness of glaucoma because it is such a prevalent disease in a population of people who do not even know that they have it.

Dr. Okeke is joined by her husband Richard, and their three beautiful children. They enjoy family time, especially the Okeke traditional Friday family movie night. She also loves to laugh and smile. A favorite pass time with her husband is to watch live comedy. Dr. Okeke may be very soft spoken, but she does know how to turn up the volume. She was a football cheerleader in high school and team captain of the squad for two of the four years. Go Eagles!